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Loss is a broad topic and no matter how much a person heals or moves forward, forgetting is impossible.

Barbara Duffey, assistant professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University, attempts to describe the full gambit of this emotion in her newest book, “The Circus of Forgetting,” now available through Dancing Girl Press.

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The title book has a circular meaning for her. “I take the metaphor of the ‘circus’ to mean that I am parading these losses as a way to expunge them; also, that I am making a farce of forgetting by forcing myself to remember.”

This is also why she chose an elephant as the cover art. The circus creature, after all, never forgets.

“The Circus of Forgetting” is $7 and may be purchased through this link: The cover art was created by Duffey’s mother, Virginia Duffey, originally of Winner, and now of Cedar Crest, N.M.